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Cataract Surgery Specialist

Suburban Eye Associates

Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in Philadelphia, Jenkintown, & Huntingdon Valley, PA

Has your vision become impaired due to cataracts? If so, find out if cataract surgery with the team of optometrists and ophthalmologists at Suburban Eye Associates is right for you. The practice, with locations in Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers outpatient cataract surgery, as well as multifocal lens implants. For more information, contact Suburban Eye Associates by phone today.

Cataract Surgery Q&A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye lenses. If you have cataracts, you may feel like you’re viewing the world through a frosted window. Cataracts make it harder to do everyday activities that require good vision, like reading and driving, particularly at night.

In addition to clouded vision, symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dim vision
  • Night blindness
  • Sensitivity to light glaring
  • Noticing “halos” around lights
  • Colors appearing faded or yellowed
  • Double vision in one eye
  • The need for increasing amounts of light to see
  • Frequently changing your eyeglass or contact lens prescription

Cataracts develop slowly over time, so you may not notice them until they’re advanced. Fortunately, you can correct cataracts with cataract surgery.

How does cataract surgery work?

The goal of cataract surgery is to remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear, artificial one, called an intraocular lens. If you have eye problems that make it impossible to place an intraocular lens, the practice can remove your cataract and then prescribe you glasses.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure during which you typically stay awake. To keep you comfortable, your team anesthetizes the area around your eye. If you’re nervous, they can give you a sedative to relax you.

What is cataract surgery recovery like?

After cataract surgery, you may experience temporary side effects such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Itching mild discomfort

If you experience any of the following abnormal side effects, reach out to Suburban Eye Associates immediately:

  • Vision loss
  • Increased eye redness
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Multiple new floaters in front of your eye
  • Light flashes in front of your eye
  • Pain that doesn’t subside with over-the-counter pain medications

Immediately after cataract surgery, colors may appear brighter. Expect your vision to begin dramatically improving within a few days, and your eye to heal within eight weeks.

To keep an eye on your progress, Suburban Eye Associates schedules follow-up visits with you, first a few days after surgery, then the following week, then the next month.

Once your eyes have sufficiently healed, your team can prescribe you eyeglasses to supplement your vision.

If cataracts are darkening your daily life, reach out to Suburban Eye Associates to learn if cataract surgery is right for you. To schedule your consultation, call the office today.